'The X Factor': Simon Fuller drops lawsuit in exchange for producer credit

Producer Simon Fuller and "American Idol" judge Jennifer Producer Simon Fuller and "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez attend the Season 10 finalists party in Los Angeles. (March 3, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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'POP' GOES THE LAWSUIT. If you start seeing "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller's name on rival "The X Factor," here's why: He's reached a settlement in his lawsuit claiming that Simon Cowell's original British version of "The X Factor," launched in 2004, stole from Fuller's original British "Pop Idol," the basis of "American Idol." According to TheWrap.com, Fuller dropped his suit in exchange for an executive producer credit on "X Factor" as well as fees from that show.

RUNNERS-UP ON THE OUTS. Tenley Molzahn -- the runner-up to Viena Girardi on Jake Pavelka's 2010 "The Bachelor" -- and Kiptyn Locke -- who came in second to Ed Swiderski on Jillian Harris' 2009 "The Bachelorette" -- have broken up after becoming a couple on the first season of "Bachelor Pad." They told People in a statement, "With love and respect, we decided to take a break in January" after 2 1/2 years together. "We are both focused on philanthropic and personal growth . . . Thank you for respecting our privacy."

KIND OF A DRAG. "RuPaul's Drag Race" is casting for season six of the Logo show, so fill out an application and supply an audition video if you're man enough to be a woman. Details at RDRcasting.COM or write RDRCasting@worldofwonder. Deadline is April 9.

UPCOMING. Seeing that ABC's "Nashville" is doing well, TNT will be giving us the real housewives and boardroom executives of the Country Music Capital of the World. The network has greenlit the eight-episode reality show "Nashville Confidential" for 2014. Unsurprisingly, it's by the producers of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and ". . . of Beverly Hills."

PREMIERES. "The Real Housewives of Orange County" is back to Bravo Monday night at 8 p.m. for season eight . . . Then at 9, on VH1, we go behind the schemes of six female gossip/entertainment writers, editors and DJs plying "The Gossip Game" . . . TLC's "My Crazy Obsession" is back for season two Wednesday at 10 p.m. . . . Opposite that on TV Land, it's The Real World: Multigenerational when executive producer Ashton Kutcher houses five youngsters and five seniors together on "Forever Young" . . . Also opposite, tattoo artists compete in season two of Oxygen's "Best Ink" . . . Will their subjects later find themselves on "America's Worst Tattoos," premiering Thursday at 9 on TLC?

RECAPS. Anthony Kosar won "Face Off" season four . . . Devin Velez's elimination leaves the top 7 on "American Idol" . . . Julia Landauer did not survive "Survivor: Caramoan" . . . NFL pro Ndamukong Suh was splished from "Splash" while Chuy Bravo withdrew due to injury . . . Danielle Boorn is free from "Hell's Kitchen" . . . "Fashion Star" cut Priscilla Barroso . . . and injury forced Dorothy Hamill to be the first one off "Dancing With the Stars."

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